Things to Do

Your accommodation at Sumner Bay Motel is close to everything in Sumner and within easy reach of Christchurch. We can help you to organise your visit, just let us know what you’d like to do.


Please only swim on patrolled beaches and stay within the flags.

Sumner Beach is a large family beach used for recreation and sunbathing. The sea here is great for swimming and is patrolled by surf lifesavers.

Scarborough Beach is used mostly used for surfing but there is also a wide promenade where residents walk, cycle and run. There is a children’s playground and café at the far end of the bay.

Taylor’s Mistake is a short drive over the hill from Sumner. It is a great swimming, surfing and bodyboarding beach which is patrolled by surf lifesavers.


Restaurants, Cafes & Bars

Sumner can boast an eclectic selection of Restaurants, Bars and Cafes, all within easy walking distance of our Motel, covering breakfast through to dinner and drinks.

  • Beach Restaurant & Bar
  • The Bayview Cafe & Bar
  • Clink Restaurant and Bar
  • Coffee Culture
  • Café
  • Coriander's - Indian
  • Joe’s Garage
  • Le Xom - Vietnamese
  • Ocean Cafe & Bar
  • Own Masala - Indian
  • Red Snapper – fish n' chips Take-away
  • CLOUD Cafe/Korean Tapa Bar
  • The Cornershop Bistro
  • The Headless Mexican - Mexican
  • The Village Inn – Gastro Pub
  • Sunshine Corner Cafe
  • Alaturka Turkish Cafe
  • Fire And Slice Woodfired Pizzeria
  • Burger Stop
  • Sushi Summer

Walking tracks (Christchurch City Council)

Sumner has walks of many different lengths from a stroll along the beach to a climb up the Port Hills at the back of the village.

Cycling tracks (Christchurch City Council)

Christchurch is well known for its mountain biking and there are many tracks around the Port Hills.

The Christchurch Adventure Park will be opening in the summer of 2018 with downhill tracks and a variety of other activities.


Surf schools

Sumner is a safe beach to learn to surf with two companies offering surf lessons an easy walk from your motel.

- Learn to Surf

- Christchurch School of Surf


Kite surfing and windsurfing

The Heathcote estuary, close to Sumner, provides a great venue to learn to kite surf and windsurf.

- Groundswell


Christchurch City

Christchurch is only a 20 minute drive or a short bus ride away with a range of activities and attractions to visit. The Christchurch Museum and Art Gallery are worth a visit as is a trip on the tram around the city and punting on the Avon.

- Find out more about what you should visit while you are here from the Christchurch Tourism website.

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